NPL NSW Round 12 Preview

*Header photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Sydney FC v Hakoah Sydney City East, Saturday 7pm at Lambert Park

Back to back wins will be the order of the day when Sydney FC host Hakoah Sydney City East on Saturday at Lambert Park.

The Young Sky Blues pulled off a massive upset last week with a brilliant back to the wall 3-2 win against Sydney Olympic and confidence is sure to be high for Jimmy van Weeren’s side.

Another upside for van Weeren is the end of the A-League season which means he could be set to have rising stars Joel King and Luke Ivanovic more readily available over the second half of the campaign.

Both King and Ivanovic found themselves on the scoresheet last week and are only going to get better as the season goes on.

Ryan Teague was another impressive performer in last week’s win and the holding midfielder will be expected to star against a struggling Hakoah attack.

It’s been a tough run for Hakoah over the past two months with the Gavin Rae coached side finishing the first half of the season anchored to the bottom of the table with only two wins from 11 matches.

Their struggles finding the back of the net continued last round in a 1-0 loss to Blacktown City with Amaury Gauthier spurning a chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

The threat of relegation is becoming more and more real for Hakoah with the club needing a major turn around if they are to rescue their season.

Sydney FC will be favourites for this match at home but perhaps the second half of the season is the time Hakoah reignites their stuttering campaign.